Discovering a Surgical First: Russell M. Nelson and Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty | BYU Studies

Discovering a Surgical First: Russell M. Nelson and Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty

Section and Issue
Article
from
Product
PDF free for subscribers
$1.29

Discovering a Surgical First: Russell M. Nelson and Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty

Author Austin A. Robinson, Author Curtis T. Hunter,

In an April 2003 general conference address, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recounted an experience of receiving sudden inspiration on how to perform a certain surgery. The image that came midsurgery to the young surgeon in 1960 led to the repair of a previously inoperable valve defect in the heart of a Latter-day Saint stake patriarch. This article documents the circumstances surrounding the surgery, describes the operative technique (because Nelson never published a report of the operation), places the surgery in its proper medical and historical context, and briefly recounts how surgical techniques have advanced since 1960.

Categories: